Why Eric Bischoff Doubts AEW's Future Under Tony Khan's Leadership

AEW faces scrutiny after controversial broadcast decision.

by Atia Mukhtar
Why Eric Bischoff Doubts AEW's Future Under Tony Khan's Leadership
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The wrestling community is currently grappling with the fallout from a controversial decision made by AEW's Tony Khan. Last week on "AEW Dynamite," Khan opted to broadcast previously unseen backstage footage capturing a heated altercation between Jack Perry and CM Punk at the 2023 All-In event.

This move has sparked a torrent of criticism, with many insiders questioning the benefits of airing such disputes publicly. The criticism reached a crescendo with former WCW President Eric Bischoff’s scathing remarks, declaring a bleak outlook for AEW under Khan’s continued leadership.

During a recent episode of his podcast "Wise Choices," Bischoff responded to a fan’s query about the rationale behind Khan’s decision. Visibly frustrated, Bischoff expressed his bafflement. "What the f---? Seriously," he said.

"I usually try to suggest alternative strategies for 'Dynamite,' or different paths Tony could consider. But this time, I'm at a loss. I honestly see no future for AEW with Tony at the helm."

Khan's Critical Misstep

Bischoff went on to critique Khan's approach, labeling it as "indy-riffic" and perhaps suitable for smaller, passion-driven projects.

However, he emphasized that AEW's status as a nationally televised entity changes the stakes. The goals should include audience growth and securing a solid position with their broadcasting partner. "If you’re not growing, you are dying.

It’s just a matter of when," Bischoff elaborated, pointing out the existential risks of stagnation on a national scale. Despite its successes since its 2019 inception, AEW has faced its fair share of challenges. According to Bischoff, the company’s inability to adapt during low points is a critical vulnerability.

"You’d think Khan would wake up and realize, ‘This isn’t working.’ What are your options, Tony? Continue on this failing course?" he questioned. Further complicating matters is the storyline involving The Young Bucks.

Bischoff criticized their recent heel turn, questioning the logic behind such decisions, especially when coupled with the airing of the backstage footage. "Even if you believed turning The Bucks heel was a good idea, airing that footage was a misstep.

It didn’t hurt CM Punk; it made him look like a hero," he argued. Bischoff concluded with advice for Khan, stressing the importance of understanding the television landscape and the audience's expectations. "It's about more than just having wrestling shows; it's about understanding how to grow your audience and predict their reactions.

It’s not rocket science; it's experience, something Tony severely lacks," he stated. This stark critique from a wrestling industry veteran casts a long shadow over AEW’s future directions and leadership under Tony Khan.

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